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Imagine a car where even the paint is engineered!

The new 2014 Mazda6 features reengineered paint that contains light reflective metallic. the Soul Red colour combines highlights, shade and depth that emphasize its dynamic shape. Because of this, the car can look quite different depending on the lighting and angle you are looking at it
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Paint has been a highly engineered part of the car for over a century. Remember the saying credited to Henry Ford that you could have any color you like, as long as it was black? That's because black was the only paint that would dry fast enough for the assembly line. They then began engineering other colors to get them to dry faster. I have a friend that was a paint engineer at Ford.

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Paint has been a highly engineered part of the car for over a century. Remember the saying credited to Henry Ford that you could have any color you like, as long as it was black? That's because black was the only paint that would dry fast enough for the assembly line. They then began engineering other colors to get them to dry faster. I have a friend that was a paint engineer at Ford.
That's mainly why I watch the street rod and biker shows nowadays just to learn about the interesting trick things they do with paint and paint jobs. My fairly new 2007 1/2 ton has a color that "flops" as the car show guys call it, Salsa Red Pearl and it changes quite a bit depending on the angle the sun/light is hitting it. The main problem is, throw a pillow at the side of it and it will scratch the paint. Supposedly the excuse for easily scratched paint is the mfgrs have had to go to a water base paint and all the made in USA vehicles are that way. Don't know it it's true or not. My old '91 F250 came without clearcoat and it has "old type" paint but the paintjob on it has held up amazingly well.

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Paints have changed a lot in recent times due to EPA regulations. Painting vehicles used to put A LOT of crap into the atmosphere. The EPA has greatly reduced what is allowed.

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Paints have changed a lot in recent times due to EPA regulations. Painting vehicles used to put A LOT of crap into the atmosphere. The EPA has greatly reduced what is allowed.
In the early 80's while I was working at an airline as a painter, water based paints were being discussed as exterior finishes for the jets. IIRC the argument against them was the adhesion and gloss retention wasn't as good as the poly urethanes we used. Left in '84 for more steady employment in the crime industry so I don't know what the final outcome was.


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I corrected my upper post, meant to say my '91 DOES have the old type paint. It was looking real dull and 2 years ago I hit it with Meguiars aggressive compound followed by about 3 types of polishes/waxes with the different recommended buffer pads and I was surprised how well it came out. There's everything you ever want know about products, how to videos, etc, on www.autogeek.net . Great site IMO.
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By watching some of the TV shows it looks like you were still fairly surrounded by the paint industry-----massive tats!

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We could run a whole thread about the different "formulations" used to produce the paint (ink) and even in colors other than black.


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We could run a whole thread about the different "formulations" used to produce the paint (ink) and even in colors other than black.
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Well, we ARE in the Off Topic Section. Can't remember what state it was in, but a few had tattooed the whites of their eyes blue, a couple others a delightful red.
I just PM'ed you a link with a pic of a future brain surgeon. Thought it best not to put it here.

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I don't understand the whole body decoration scene. Probably showing my age. A couple tats are fine, but some go WAY overboard.

When I owned an auto repair shop a guy came in looking for work as a tech. He had several pounds of metal on his face and tats all over his face and neck. I didn't even get far enough to find out if he would have been a good tech or not. He would have scared my customers so I just told him I wasn't hiring. Maybe both our loss, but he wasn't working in MY shop looking like that.

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I agree, when they're that far out in their appearance IMO they have to be pretty whacked out in the head too, not the kind of guy you want working for you. The link I sent Chuckster is an all-time classic. It's a guy in his 20's, got arrested and in his mugshot he has as big a letters as would fit: ____ YOU tattooed across his forehead. He's got to have a real future in maybe banking, plus make a name for himself even at the town dump scales. Link sent if requested.

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We had a " patron" that had all the clown markings tattoo'd on his face. Said he was at home, high on meth (I think that's what he said), and sat in the bathroom looking in the mirror and did all the art work.

How about " your name" tattoo'd on your other head?


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Yep, I've seen more than one with the clown eyes and all. IMO Lockup is a must-see program just for some of the "artwork".

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